Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO)

Food Organics Garden Organics service graphic image with food and garden waste going into green lid bin

 

What is FOGO and why do we need it?

FOGO stands for Food Organics Garden Organics. It’s a new service that will start in July 2023, when you will be able to place food waste into your existing green lid bin with your garden waste for it to be recycled into compost.

Currently 56 per cent of waste found in our average red lid garbage bin is food waste. When food waste breaks down in landfill it creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 23 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

Removing food waste from residential garbage bins in Manningham will divert up to 20,000 tonnes per year from landfill – that’s enough waste to fill the outdoor pool at Aquarena 40 times.

This will help us move towards achieving our climate targets of net zero emissions by 2028 and net zero community emissions by 2035.
 

How FOGO will change your existing waste service

If you have an existing residential waste service, there will be four main changes:

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Starts 3 July 2023

Your existing green lid garden waste bin will become your Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin.

If you don't have a garden bin, order a new one

Weekly

Starts 3 July 2023

Your green lid garden waste bin will be collected weekly (instead of fortnightly) to accommodate for the food waste that will no longer be placed in your red lid garbage bin. 

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Fortnightly

Starts 3 July 2023

Your red lid garbage bin will be collected fortnightly (instead of weekly), on the alternate week to your yellow lid recycling bin. 

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Between March and May 2023

We will deliver a FOGO starter kit with a kitchen caddy and a roll of 150 compostable liners (a year's supply) to every household to help you carry your food scraps to your FOGO bin.

If you don't need a kitchen caddy and liners and want to use your own container for scraps and/or newspaper as a liner, you can cancel the delivery of your FOGO kit.

FAQs about this service

 

About FOGO

Why is Manningham going FOGO?

Using a FOGO service is one of the simplest ways we can all reduce carbon emissions and achieve our state-wide goal of halving the amount of waste that is sent to landfill by 2030. In landfill, food waste creates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas emission that contributes to climate change.

Currently 56 per cent of waste found in the average red lid garbage bin in Manningham is food waste. The FOGO service will divert waste from landfill and instead create compost.

The compost created from Manningham’s food and garden waste will be used to enrich soil in gardens and farms across Victoria.

FOGO is a state-wide initiative that will see all Victorian Councils introduce a FOGO service by 2030 as outlined in the State Government's Recycling Victoria Policy

Why can't we introduce FOGO sooner?

FOGO is a state wide initiative. The Victorian Government has led four local government groups through a procurement process. Our group, the Eastern region, was the last to go through this process.

Now that the procurement process is complete, we are engaging with our community to ensure we deliver a successful service commencing 3 July 2023.

What happens to the food and garden waste?

Once the FOGO service starts, the food and garden waste collected from Manningham households will be sent to Bio Gro, an organics facility where it will be transformed into high-grade compost.

The compost created will then be used in gardens and farms across Victoria.

Changes to your bin collection

Will there be changes to how often my bins are collected?

Yes, from July 2023, your green lid FOGO bin will be collected weekly and your red lid garbage bin will be collected fortnightly.

Once the FOGO service starts your existing green lid garden bin will become your green lid FOGO bin.

Will my bin collection day change?

No, your bins will continue to be collected on the same day as they are now.

What if I don't have a garden bin?

Owners and tenants can order a garden waste bin at any time. There is no additional cost.

You can request a garden bin online or by calling us on 9840 9333.

Why will the collection of my red lid garbage bin change to fortnightly?

Removing food waste from your garbage bin is one of the easiest changes we can make to start reducing our waste. Once food waste is removed and you are only placing items which cannot be recycled into your garbage bin it will no longer need to be collected on a weekly basis. This is why the garbage collection will change to fortnightly in July 2023.  

The cost of disposing waste to landfill is continually increasing, so we need to start rethinking the way we sort our rubbish. Our data tells us that the average red lid garbage bin in Manningham is made up of approximately:

  • 56 per cent food waste
  • 6.5 per cent garden waste
  • 7.5 per cent recyclable material
  • only 30 per cent residual waste - the waste which actually belongs in our garbage bin.
     

breakdown of garbage contents in Manningham's garbage bins

 

Having a FOGO service and collecting red lid garbage bins fortnightly will help achieve our state-wide targets of halving the amount of waste sent to landfill by 2030.

We appreciate there are households with special waste needs, such as children in nappies. These households will have the option of requesting a larger garbage bin at a discounted rate, see our FAQ about households with children in nappies for more information.

Will I be able to get a larger red lid garbage bin for my household?

Yes, you can upsize a standard size 80L red lid garbage bin to a larger size 120L garbage bin. Find out more about swapping the size of your bins.

If a 120L red lid garbage bin is not large enough to suit your household’s waste needs, you will be able to upsize your bin to a 240L red lid garbage bin from March 2023. The larger 240L bin will be delivered from June 2023, before the new FOGO service starts.

A one-off administration and delivery fee will be payable if you choose to upsize your red lid bin. More information on the charges for 240L bin collection will be available early in 2023.

What if my household has children in nappies?

Residents with children in nappies will be able to apply to upgrade their current garbage bin to a 240L garbage bin at a discounted rate.

You will be required to complete an application form to assess your eligibility. This form will be available from March 2023.

To be eligible, you must have two children under four years of age.

Where the household includes two (or more) children, both under the age of four years and in daytime nappies, the following documentation must be provided:

  • a statutory declaration

  • copies of birth certificates

  • a medicare card showing the names of each child

The concession will expire after two years unless a subsequent application is approved.

Tenants will need to contact the owner, landlord or property manager to request an application form on their behalf. The tenant will be required to complete the application form.

FOGO at home

What will go in my green lid FOGO bin?

If you can eat it or it grew in the ground it will be able to go in your green lid FOGO bin.

In addition to your garden waste, you will be able to place all food waste in your FOGO bin. This includes:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps

  • meat and bones (raw and cooked)
  • eggs and dairy

  • seafood
  • bread, pasta, rice and cereal
  • loose tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • tissues, paper towel and shredded paper

  • plate scrapings and leftovers

Does food need to be removed from its packaging before it goes in the FOGO bin?

Yes, only food and garden waste can be placed into your FOGO bin.

Food packaging including stickers, rubber bands, plastic containers, tins, plastic bags or plastic wrapping cannot be placed into your FOGO bin.

How should food scraps be collected and stored?

A kitchen caddy and a roll of 150 compostable caddy liners will be provided to every household with a residential waste service. These will be part of your FOGO starter kit.

The caddy is a small, lidded container you can use to store and transport your food scraps.

It's best to keep your kitchen caddy handy as you prepare food so that you can easily place your food scraps into your caddy. When your caddy is full, tie your compostable liner and carry it out to place it in your FOGO bin.

What if I'm already composting at home?

Firstly, well done for composting at home! You can keep composting as usual.

The FOGO service can complement your existing efforts. You can place certain items into your FOGO bin that some home composting systems can't accept such as cooked foods, meat, bones, dairy and citrus. 

Will the FOGO bin smell?

Here are some tips to reduce odours for your green lid FOGO bin:

  • place food waste in a compostable liner bag or wrap in newspaper

  • try alternating layers of food waste with garden waste, like lawn clippings or dry leaves

  • wrap up food waste like prawn shells, seafood and uncooked meat scraps and store them in the freezer until closer to collection day

  • store your bins in a shady, flat and well-ventilated area

  • rinse your bins occasionally, and always keep the lid closed

  • sprinkle some bicarb soda in the bin to neutralize smells

What if I live in a multi-unit development, apartment or retirement village?

If you live in a residence with shared bins, ask your owner's corporation or manager to contact us.

We will work with them to make sure that your property has the appropriate waste service and bin capacity to meet the Victorian Government's FOGO requirements. 

Will there be a cost for households?

FOGO will become part of the annual waste service charge, outlined on your rates notice.

Based on our modelling, the cost of introducing FOGO is anticipated to be offset by the cost savings of sending waste to landfill, meaning it should be cost neutral for rate payers. 

The cost of sending food waste to landfill is ever-increasing, particularly as the waste levy charge continues to significantly rise each year.

Taking our food waste out of the garbage bin and combining it with garden waste for processing into compost is better for our environment.

Achieving a cost neutral FOGO service in Manningham will be based on diverting between at least 40 per cent and 80 per cent of Manningham’s food waste from landfill. 

Will local businesses have the FOGO service?

No, at this stage our kerbside food waste collection service doesn’t cater for commercial quantities.

FOGO starter kits

What is in a FOGO starter kit?

To help you store and carry food waste out to your green lid bin, each household will receive a FOGO starter kit with a kitchen caddy and a roll of 150 compostable liners. Your kit will also include an information pack with useful tips to help you get started with FOGO. 

Your starter kit will be delivered between March and May 2023.

Image of FOGO kitchen caddy and compostable liners
What are compostable liners?

Our compostable liners are Australian certified, made from vegetable material and are completely plastic free. These liners completely break down in the composting process.

Only lime green compostable liners with the certified symbol shown are able to be placed into your FOGO bin.

image of certification symbols for compostable liners
Do I have to use the kitchen caddy and liners?

No, you can use any container to collect your food scraps and take these to your green lid FOGO bin.

You can collect and place food scraps into your green lid bin loose or wrapped in newspaper or paper towel.

Please note you cannot use plastic or biodegradable bags, only compostable liners with the certified compostable symbol are able to be placed into your green lid FOGO bin.

 

Do I need a FOGO starter kit, can I cancel this?

You won’t need a FOGO kitchen caddy to be able to use our FOGO service.

You can use any container to collect your food scraps and take these to your green lid bin.

If you don’t want to receive a FOGO starter kit from us, please let us know by Friday 20 January 2023 so that we can cancel your FOGO kit delivery. 

Where will I be able to get more compostable liners?

A roll of 150 compostable liners (approximately one year’s supply) will be available to Manningham households each year. Starting from May 2024, these will be free to collect from our Manningham Civic Centre or Council Depot.

You can also purchase certified compostable liners from major supermarkets, it’s important to remember that only lime green compostable liners with the certified symbol are able to be placed into your FOGO bin.

image of certification symbols for compostable liners

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